"The end of the moneyed era in which attitude trumped ability" really only started during the second half of the 20th century. Those with money during the enlightenment may have been patrons of the arts but were above picking up a paintbrush or chisel in most cases. There is nothing wrong with rock star artists if there is some substance behind the work. The trouble is when having been born into a social class, is the determining factor in ones success. No one would be talking about Dash if he weren't from the family he was. I hope that this is the end to a sad and much to long chapter of an elite social class of little substance and bad decisions dominating the attention of the art world. You have to feel for the family and his daughter, yet you have to think of all of those that let his behavior continue, and even encouraged his destructive behavior. A Whitney Biennial, tons of great press, multiple gallery shows here and abroad, he was getting attention for who he was not the work, and I hope that this is the marker of the end of that era.
I feel like we've been waiting for "the end of the moneyed era in which attitude trumped ability" since the Enlightenment. i think we're stuck with rock star artists and artsy rock stars (which i don't think is such a bad thing, really), unless we revert to anonymous religious art.
I wonder if Dash's death will in retrospect serve as the marker of the end of a moneyed era in which attitude trumped ability.
Sad stuff. I think it's exciting when a biography contextualizes work in the way that Dash Snow's did-- even if I found that friggin' NY Mag article unbearable.
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